prehistoric monument in the English county of Wiltshire; Neolithic henge monument
- I know this goes without saying, but Stonehenge really was the most incredible accomplishment. It took five hundred men just to pull each sarsen, plus a hundred more to dash around positioning the rollers. Just think about it for a minute. Can you imagine trying to talk six hundred people into helping you drag a fifty-ton stone eighteen miles across the countryside and muscle it into an upright position, and then saying, "Right, lads! Another twenty like that, plus some lintels and maybe a couple of dozen nice bluestones from Wales, and we can party!" Whoever was the person behind Stonehenge was one dickens of a motivator, I'll tell you that.
- When any work seems to have required immense force and labor to effect it, the idea is grand. Stonehenge, neither for disposition nor ornament, has anything admirable; but those huge rude masses of stone, set on end, and piled each on other, turn the mind on the immense force necessary for such a work. Nay, the rudeness of the work increases this cause of grandeur, as it excludes the idea of art and contrivance; for dexterity produces another sort of effect, which is different enough from this.
- Edmund Burke, in A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757) §12 : Difficulty
- Much of what has been written about Stonehenge is derivative, second-rate or plain wrong.
- Christopher Chippindale, in Stonehenge Complete (1983)
- Hello, Stonehenge! Who takes the Pandorica, takes the universe!
- Every age has the Stonehenge it deserves-or desires.
- Jacquetta Hawkes, in God in the Machine, Antiquity 41 (1967), p. 174
- I don't like the place at all. It's all wrong. An imposition on the Landscape. I reckon that Stonehenge was build by the contemporary equivalent of Microsoft, whereas Avebury was definitely an Apple circle.
- Stonehenge, where the demons dwell
Where the banshees live and they do live well
Stonehenge, where a man's a man
And the children dance to the pipes of Pan.
- Spinal Tap, in This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
- Our Soveraign here above the rest might stand;
And here be chose again to rule the Land.
These Ruines sheltered once His Sacred Head,
Then when from Wor'ster's fatal Field He fled;
Watch'd by the Genius of this Royal place,
And mighty Visions of the Danish Race,
HisRefuge then was for a Temple shown:
But, He restor'd, 'tis now become a Throne.
- Stonehenge at English Heritage
- Stonehenge Landscape
- Ancient Places TV: HD Video of Stonehenge Excavations of 2008
- Stonehenge Today and Yesterday by Frank Stevens
- BBC : The History of Stonehenge
- Stonehenge, a Temple Restor'd to the British Druids by William Stukeley
- Stonehenge, and Other British Monuments Astronomically Considered by Norman Lockyer